Jamaica gets CDC green light

by Apr 11, 2022Pulse

Jamaica recently got some good news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States: the tourism dependent country has been downgraded to Level 1 in the latest COVID-19 travel advisory.

“A Level 1 travel advisory is amongst the best news the tourism industry can hope for,” said Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett in reacting to the news. “This reduced designation is a testament to the work of our Government and the Jamaican people as well as a hopeful incentive to keep our tourism recovery moving forward.”

Jamaica, where COVID-19 case levels have steadily decreased in recent months, now joins just a handful of countries globally at Level 1.

Bartlett noted that visitor arrivals to Jamaica have been increasing with hopes of full recovery in 2023.

“In 2021, Jamaica welcomed more than 1.5 million visitor arrivals to our shores. These visitors’ on-island spend contributed over US$2.095 billion into our country’s economy, positively impacting local businesses and tourism stakeholders,” he said. “For 2022, the outlook for the tourism sector remains positive with projections for approximately 2.45 to 2.5 million visitor arrivals and a total visitor spend of about USD $2.9 billion.”

The health and safety of every visitor and citizen remains Jamaica’s top priority through its comprehensive Jamaica CARES protocols. These protocols were among the first to receive the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Safe Travels recognition that allowed the destination to safely reopen in June of 2020. While Jamaica requires a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) or antigen test conducted within three days prior to travel, additional travel protocols, including the removal of the island’s Travel Authorization Form and travel-related quarantine, were updated as of March 1.

“Travellers can continue to rest assured that our island is among the safest choices in the Caribbean and in the world,” said Bartlett.


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